33. Understand how much wattage your appliances use. Mindlessly blow-dry your hair every morning or toss a pair of jeans in the dryer to “fluff” them up? Your hair dryer uses 1,000 watts of energy, and the dryer uses about 4,000! That’s not to say you shouldn’t use your appliances, but knowing just how much energy they consume can help you be choosier about when to use them, and when you can make do without.
34. Green your sheets. Cotton is the most heavily sprayed crop worldwide, contributing to the use of 55 million pounds of pesticides. So, when you need a new set of sheets, opt for organic cotton or lyocell (our new favorite fabric for sleeping). It’s an all-natural fi ber made from the cellulose found in beechwood trees, which means it’s biodegradable and naturally anti-microbial.
35. Decorate wisely. If you are going to treat yourself to an unnecessary (but oh-so-nice) extra, make it a sustainable pick.
36. Take frequent tech breaks. See if you can stay "off the grid" for one weekend a month. It's good for the planet—and your stress levels.
37. Stop wasting food. Be honest: How often do you end up tossing out food that has gone bad in your fridge or in the back of your pantry? Before a trip to the market, note what you have—and only buy what you need to make a meal of what you’ve already got.
38. Kick off your shoes before you go indoors. You’ll save your space from hundreds of germs and bacteria we drag in from the great outdoors—and have to clean your floors less often!
39. Compost. Composting food scraps and other organic materials diverts that waste from landfills, ultimately reducing the amount of methane and other gasses formed there. Can’t be bothered? It’s easier (and less messy) to start a compost pile than you might think. Go to naturalhealthmag.com/compost for simple instructions on how to get started.
40. Boycott plastics. From food storage containers to water bottles, refuse to use plastic in your home. Not only is it loaded with BPA, a chemical that may cause a slew of health problems, but plastics can survive for thousands of years in a landfill, leaching harmful chemicals that can spread into groundwater